Sublimity and amenity at Lindt's Hermitage

van der plaat, Deborah and de Lorenzo, Catherine (2006) Sublimity and amenity at Lindt's Hermitage. Studies in Australian Garden History, 2 3962-3985.

Author van der plaat, Deborah
de Lorenzo, Catherine
Title Sublimity and amenity at Lindt's Hermitage
Journal name Studies in Australian Garden History
ISSN 1448-3858
Publication date 2006
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Start page 3962
End page 3985
Total pages 24
Place of publication Bowral, N.S.W.
Publisher Australian Garden History Society
Language eng
Subject 12 Built Environment and Design
1201 Architecture
21 History and Archaeology
2199 Other History and Archaeology
Abstract Perceived by the white settler as a primordial land lacking variety and natural grandeur, the Australian landscape, despite multiple incursions since colonisation, had yet to be reconciled with the aesthetic criteria of either the picturesque or the sublime. It took some imagination, therefore, to suggest that in certain respects the Yarra Ranges, reaching to just over 500 metres above sea level at Black Spur near Lindt's Hermitage, might be compared to the Swiss Alps of at least four times this height. The Melbourne based journalist James Smith (1820-1910) was able to propose this conceit by drawing on an aesthetic paradigm witnessed by him in the Swiss Alps and echoed, he believed, in the Yarra Ranges: cultivation and habitation could co-exist in a landscape of primordial forests . By drawing upon these conflicting aesthetics, Smith's reading of the Swiss Alps offered a new paradigm for the interpretation of Victoria's alpine forests. The aim of this paper is to explore how John William Lindt's (1845-1926) Hermitage and garden, identified by Smith in 1901 as a realisation of the ideal traveller's retreat, participated in the promotion of such ideals.
Keyword Gardens
Social history
Wilderness areas
Nineteenth century Australia
Aesthetic theories of landscape
The sublime
The picturesque
John William Lindt
James Smith
Alexander von Humboldt
Swiss Alps
Yarra Ranges
Q-Index Code C1

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